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PVC ANNUAL MEETING & IBERA LECTURE: TRACKING WOOD TURTLES WITH ENVIRONMENTAL DNA
May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Wood turtles are endangered in Maine, listed as a Priority I Species of Greatest Conservation Need. However, they are difficult to monitor in the wild using standard visual surveys. Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a relatively new technique that allows scientists to identify species DNA (from feces, blood, saliva, etc.) found in water samples taken from areas with suitable habitat. This allows for a much more accurate population estimate of difficult-to-detect species. However, the technique has not been closely studied for use with wood turtles. Greg LeClair, MS degree candidate in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Maine, and PVC’s Inez Boyd Environmental Research Award (IBERA) winner for 2020, will present his research on the limitations of this technique – i.e., how far downstream one can use eDNA to detect the presence of wood turtles, and how accurate it is for predicting their presence.
This is also the Penobscot Valley Chapter’s Annual Membership Meeting, with an affirmative membership vote required for bylaws changes. If you are a dues-paying member of Maine Audubon and affiliated with the Penobscot Valley Chapter, please join us to meet and elect new officers and board members. We’d also love to hear your ideas for future programs, field trips, and regional environmental actions you would like our chapter to prioritize.
Zoom meeting; pre-register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYof-ChpzgvG9ewiYLXMoDK5e9JKtGelrTQ